CFHS code : AL72

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FREDERICK JONATHAN ABBS d March 6th 1900 age 46 also HONORA ELIZABETH his wife d Aug 9th 1901 age 48

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203959, 0.13829718 – click here for location

Abbs headstone January 2020


Located against the east wall in the north of the parish of Andrew the Less. Half way between the north wall and the gate to Gwydir Street. The inscription is quite badly eroded.


who died March 26th 1900 age 46 years

who died August 9th 1901 age 48 years

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Frederick Jonathan Abbs (14 September 1853 – 26 March 1900)

Frederick was the son of Jonathan and Eliza (née Kidman) Abbs and was baptised on 16 October 1853.  He grew up at10 Globe Passage, where his father was a harness maker. By  1871 the Abbs family were living at 26 Magdalene Street and Frederick was working along side his family as a saddler/harness maker.  He married Honora Plane on 10 December 1876.

The couple lived at 23 James Street (1881) and then at 178 East Road (1891).  Frederick continued to work as a saddler/harness maker.   The couple had at least five children: Winifred (1891-1939), Ethel Harriett (1877-1919), Archibald William (1879-1955), Maggie Murray (1884-1904) and Bertie Plane (1888-1977).  Frederick died at East Road aged 46 years old.

Honora Elizabeth Abbs (née Plane) (7 April 1853 – 9 August 1901)

Honora was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (née Tann) Plane and was baptised on 5 June 1853 at St Andrew the Great church.  Her father was a blacksmith and she grew up at 2 St Andrew’s Hill.  By the time she was 18 years old she was working as a machinist.  She married Frederick Abbs when she was 23 years.  She died less than eighteen months after her husband at 178 East Road.

*  – on some documentation her name is spelt Honoria, although the most commonly used has been used here.



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Frederick Jonathan Abbs; Honora Elizabeth Abbs